The Power of Design
And the Contradictions Between Art and Life
April 6, 2021This article first appeared on L’Œil de la Photographie. Republished on Analog. Cafe with the author’s permission. Learn more about Prof. Dr. Rainer Funke, the author, and Michael Nguyen, the photographer, below. -Dmitri. When will the containers be loaded?— Prof. Dr. Rainer Funke, with images by Michael Nguyen.
March 23, 2021I know now I could have lived with no more world than this. I now know that I made all the world into this house. — José Luiz Peixoto. I was born in a small town of 30 thousand inhabitants in the countryside of Santa Catarina, in the Iguazu Valley. My parents are not from there though: my mom was born nearby, in São João do Triunfo; as close as her town is, nobody in Porto União knows about it.— laura.mariagabre.
March 9, 2021This place shuns folks who try to claim it, but it’ll shun them with a gracious wonder. So its hills press themselves into ancient creases –hollers and valleys that can only be seen once. If you’re audacious enough to try tracking them down, sooner or later, they’ll wrap you in a coy fog.— Jason Bruner.
Inside World/Outside World
Shutting the Doors in Yerevan — April 2020
February 2, 2021This is a digital reprint of an essay originally published in Monochrome 1. 20 — a community photography magazine by Analog. Cafe. You can read it along with 13 more authors’ works on paper, the way they were intended to be. Get your copy of Monochrome here and support our charitable cause.— norayr.
Graphic Experiments Amid Covid-19
January 14, 2021The winter strikes. The night falls. A blurry window, a keyhole looking out. The cold, desolate street with just one sigh left among the quivering trees. The hellish plague affrights us. Impelling us to choose between the loneliness indoors and the pestilence of outdoors.— Justino Lourenço.
Simon Ridell’s Wet Plate Collodion
Healing and Self-Discovery Through the 19th Century Photographic Process
January 5, 2021Simon Ridell is a fire, health and safety risk assessor who lives and works in the Scottish Highlands. The man is driven by the spirit of adventure, which in his case means trips and climbs across the local rugged terrain and coastal cliffs. Simon owes his love for the physical escapades to his father.— Dmitri, with images by Si.
A Photographic Diary From the Yerevan Apt. During Our First COVID Lockdown
December 22, 2020This is a digital reprint of an essay originally published in Monochrome 1. 20 — a community photography magazine by Analog. Cafe. You can read it along with 13 more authors’ works on paper, the way they were intended to be. Get your copy of Monochrome here and support our charitable cause.— sanyokot.0n9g.
A Slice of the Countryside
Experiencing the Pandemic Onset in São Paulo, Brazil.
December 15, 2020My name is Marina Leal; I’m a 23-year-old Brazilian, nearing the end of my International Relations studies. Recently, I’ve been trying to find my way in the political art space. When they first declared the lockdown here in my city, Bauru, in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, I ran to an old store downtown to buy what would be a very important film roll for me.— marina_guarreschi.
A Series of Images Shot While Living in the Swedish Countryside
December 1, 2020Since it’s my first submission to Analog. Cafe, I think it would be polite to introduce myself:Olá, my name is Mariah Peixoto; I am 26 years old. I am from São Paulo, Brazil. Photography is a hobby and a passion of mine, rather than a source of income.— mariah.peixoto.
November 26, 2020We didn’t know anyone in our neighbourhood, located just south of Southern Avenue, just west of Mill, when we moved in. When I told a friend who lives a mile north of here where we’d moved, she smirked, “Our neighbours call that So-So. ”I learned the ten blocks that make up “Tempe Gardens 2” by walking them, carrying, back then, our infant daughter and now, five years later, our infant son.— Jason Bruner.
Film and Vintage Clothes for Digital Natives in South Korea
November 17, 2020Digital natives, millennials, or the N-po generation in South Korea aren’t as comfortable with modern gadgetry as one may think. We like old stuff and wistfully wonder about the days before the internet-enabled toasters. Some say we’re pretentious. And we may look the part with our baggy pants, plaid shirts, and film cameras.— Sa-eh Kim.
Sharing Time, Spaces, Food, and Emotions During the 2020 Lockdowns in Italy
October 21, 2020Condividere, v. : to share/divide amongst others (Italian). When a word is repeated too often, it loses its meaning — as noted by the famous Italian filmmaker, Federico Fellini. In the context of social networks, sharing takes on the meaning of an obsessive broadcasting of daily routines.— lorenzo.stolfi.
Europe’s “Flashing Eyes” on Film
My Mementos From 8 European Cities on 35mm
September 30, 2020Artists love Hugh Laurie for his craft and his profound take on life. The English actor-comedian once tweeted about his travels,It bothers me how quickly I can fall in love with a city. I swear my vows, and then another city comes along and flashes its eyes.— Abhijeet Dangat.
Daydreams in Lockdown
A Photographic Journey From the Windowsill to the Streets of London
September 21, 2020The light has sunk into the earth The image of Darkening of the Light Thus does the superior man live with the great mass He veils his light, yet still shines. — Hexagram 36, “I Ching or Book of Changes. ” “Wow, yours is a photographer’s fridge! ” a friend of mine said loudly from the kitchen when he went to get milk for the coffees.— Danilo Leonardi.
Still Life — With a Chase Scene
Adventures in Pictorialism
September 10, 2020Stage IV emergency restrictions are in place across the city due to Covid-19. We are confined to stay at home until the virus is bought under control. I am fine with that. I found the round vase in a junk shop. It’s pretty old and is made of the most beautiful green glass.— Mat Hughes.
Rapid Eye Movement
September 7, 2020Do our dreams work as some sort of defragmentation? How does this random reconstruction of images and information visualize so many discordant elements in such a significant way? I have always been intrigued by the influence of dreams and all the surrealistic projections of our subconscious.— Lefteris Paraskevaidis.
The Changing Face of Young Iran
August 20, 2020In 2019, I spent four weeks travelling through the fascinating country that is Iran. I shot over 30 rolls of black and white 35mm film, documenting Iranian people’s everyday lives. The result is a collection titled “Analog Iran. ”This particular short series reflects the changing face of young Iran.— Ali MC.
Streets of Solitude
Photos From the Bordering Triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland
August 17, 2020Some may say that streets are social and lively — perhaps, but they are also places of broken dreams, empty selves, and collective solitude. Taken at the bordering triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland, these images expose the cityscapes’ gloomy, bleak facade.— Michael Nguyen.
We Will Always Have Paris
Paris, Je T‘aime
August 10, 2020I lived in Paris for a year. I had a hard time settling in at first. But in a few months, I fell in love with the city. Infatuation with the City of Love may be a visitor’s cliché, though I don't mind. The French word happens to be my favourite utterance; I like how it sounds and the genuine motives behind it.— Abhijeet Dangat.
The Loneliness of the Nets
July 23, 2020The nets that protect the gamesThat maintain the sense of teamThat separate the meeting pointCrosses from the sweaty airThat resist the harsh lifeThat also fool the sunLike usLonelyHit by the sunEntertained by the wind’s blowsSwollen in the facethey fall downbut they never give upSlapped by sure volesShaken by a penaltydecided at the last secondIncest of many dunksLonelyAbandoned like stray dogsIn the cold of the Sundays’ endThey don’t win and they don’t loseNetworks of the fields that have never leavedBetween buildings under constructionBetween a kick-off whistle and a train passingBetween the churches and a childhood memoryBetween the leather and the dressing roomAnd the showersEmptyPitchesLonelyUnder the snowThe loneliness of the netsWhich keeps company with memoriesThat smells of tennisGrassTeammate fatiguesTangled at the timeLike the soulLonelyDid you ever hear the sound of the nets?— Stefano Fristachi.